Enjoying the Sifang Museum in China

Sifang Museum

Three things impress me about this piece in the Wall Street Journal:

The Sifang Museum itself, outside Nanjing, is a lovely inspiring creation

The interactive piece, full of photos, videos, and interactive 360 explorable places, is a perfect showpiece for the museum. The Wall Street Journal should be as proud of it as the New York Times is of 2012’s Snow Fall. Both are shining examples of what journalism on the web can be. Certainly a bit more expensive than a one-reporter-and-a-photographer for a day, but these pieces are both evergreen and immersive, and deserve long lives on their respective sites.

Lastly, the Wall Street Journal seems to miss no opportunity to knock China. Sure, there’s a lot to knock, but come on. To see this oasis of beauty in China on the WSJ site is refreshing.

 

Why Maps Are So Lovely

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Tweeting, visualized by mobile platform

A good map seems to clarify a morass of confusing data, covering a bundle of indecipherable statistics in a simply, shiny wrap. They’re oh so addictive. In a glance, you are edified…

In the same way that a good TED talk teases you into the illusion of knowledge, but you don’t actually know much afterwards, well-crafted maps sparkle and beg for attention and retweeting (the best verb I know for “to spread something virally”). But oh how I adore them! The trick is to dig a bit deeper, so that you can actually converse and discuss.

Watching the Process: One of the Many Reasons to Back a Kickstarter Project

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Who wouldn’t have paid money to sit in on some of the production meetings for the Tesla Roadster, the iPhone, or the Raiders of the Lost Ark movie? That’s part of the thrill of backing a Kickstarter project- you can be! This post by David Alden about visiting the Hong Kong factory which is manufacturing his Recoil Winders is a great peak behind the curtain. Can’t wait to get mine delivered.

10 Lessons On What Makes Apple Great

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Nice article by Farhad Manjoo on the secret sauce that makes Apple/Jobs so great. Best part is one product manager’s description of the creation of Apple’s iDVD program. The designers spent weeks coming up with interface mock-ups and application architecture diagrams. Then Steve walks in…

He doesn’t look at any of our work. He picks up a marker and goes over to the whiteboard. He draws a rectangle. ‘Here’s the new application,’ he says. ‘It’s got one window. You drag your video into the window. Then you click the button that says burn. That’s it. That’s what we’re going to make.’